THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ernest J. Gegare
Ernest J. Ernie Gegare, 93, passed away at Birch Creek on Friday, June 20.
Born Nov. 17, 1914, in Duck Creek to the late Mr. and Mrs. John B. (Mary Sampo) Gegare, he married the former Evelyn Vanden Plas on Nov. 17, 1934 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The couple celebrated 73 years of marriage.
He worked for Fort Howard Paper Mill, then sailed on the Great Lakes for several years during World War II. He was employed at Van Ess Concrete Block and H.J. Martin and Sons, Inc. until he started his own business, Gegare Tile, Inc., with his two sons in 1956. A musician, he played on weekends at local bars and also enjoyed spending time at the cottage on Crooked Lake. He was a member of St. Leos Court, Catholic Order of Foresters in Howard and St. Edward and Isidore Catholic Church, Flintville.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; three children, Mrs. Ronald (Donna Jean) Oryall of Howard, James (Rosemary) Gegare of Au Train, Mi. and John Gegare of Amberg; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Vincent Reinhard and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Harvey and Ruth; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Mabel and Tom Gleason, Valeria and Ernie Pothier, Laura and Joseph Hendricks, Edith and Wilfred La Count and Adeline Babe Reinhard; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Theresa Vanden Plas; a sister-in-law, Mildred Vanden Plas and a daughter-in-law, Allene Gegare.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at St. Edward and Isidore Catholic Church, Flintville. Rev. Michael Eingold officiated and entombment was in Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay assisted the family.